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A lot of us forget that dogs aren’t always happy-go-lucky creatures without a care in the world. Stress and anxiety among our furry friends is a lot more common than you may think. If it’s affecting your dog, you need to take action!
Recognizing stress and anxiety
One of the best ways of recognizing stress and anxiety in a dog is by knowing how your dog looks and acts when they’re relaxed. Dogs that are relaxed and comfortable in their environment usually show this through their behavior and posture. Their eyes will be rounded or slightly squinted, their mouth will be relaxed, and their ears – unless they have naturally floppy ears – will be semi-erect and pointed forward.
An anxious dog will often be stiffer in movement, with lowered ears and the whites of their eyes being more pronounced. They may seem hypervigilant in their scanning of their environment. They may also engage in odd or even aggressive behavior; they may pant or drool excessively, or pace restlessly, or scratch a lot, or even engage in destructive behavior.
The types of anxiety
There are three types of anxiety that are common in these sort of situations. While there can be a plethora of causes here, the most common causes are called noise anxiety, separation anxiety, and social anxiety. They’re fairly self-explanatory, and there can often be fairly clear solutions to them. Using a pet resort such as Rover Oaks when you’re going away for a while, for example, can help reduce the onset of separation anxiety.
But only applying these categories to the issue can oversimplify things. Your dog may have a genetic disposition towards the heightened anxiety often found in intelligent, high-energy breeds such as Basset Hounds and Dalmatians. Certain medical issues can also lead to anxiety, as can past traumas that lead to the development of phobias. This is why it’s important to speak to a vet about such problems.
Stress feeds on stress. A stressed or anxious dog is going to need comfort in some form. Comfort may very well come from cuddling, stroking, and more attention in general – but excessive amounts signal some kind of change in their environment, which may make matters worse. Comfort can come from their master remaining in control and not worrying too much. If you show signs of anxiety, then it will communicate to your pup that the situation isn’t in control – heightening their anxiety!
Your dog is going to pay close attention to you in times of stress and anxiety. Some would suggest that a firm voice with a hint of disapproval may actually be the best thing to deploy if your dog exhibits mild forms of anxiety such as trembling or whining. As odd as it sounds, a dog’s anxious behavior may actually be reinforced if you soothe them too much!
It’s best not to take this into your own hands too much. Speaking with professionals is ideal; vets and even dog trainers may be able to help you out. There are also natural remedies out there that have been known to calm dogs down!
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We all know about gum disease. Our dentists tell us about it time and again. But, did you know that your pooch is more at risk than you are? Periodontal disease (that’s doggy gum disease to you and me), is a huge issue. For the most part, that’s because we don’t know enough about it. Of course, most dog owners are aware that you can buy tooth products for your pooch. But, there are few dogs who would sit happily while you cleaned their gnashers. So, few of us attempt it.
If you aren’t convinced, consider the risks. Gum disease, as you may be aware from your dental excursions, is a silent issue. You may miss the signs, but teeth will soon fall out, and your dog could experience intense pain. Gum disease is five times more likely in dogs than humans. Five times! That’s not a number you should mess with.
But, what you can do to save your dog’s teeth? For one, it’s crucial you understand what causes the issue. This shouldn’t be difficult as, again, dogs aren’t so different from us. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque. But, dogs differ in that they have a more alkaline mouth, which promotes plaque formation. Yet, it’s unlikely your pooch enjoys the same level of dental routine as you do. Is it any wonder, then, that this is one of the largest dental issues in dogs? We don’t think so.
Now you know the facts, it’s worth giving your dog a once over. You should do this often. Remember that gum disease is silent. Just because you didn’t see an issue this time, doesn’t mean there isn’t one. That said, if the problem has gone further, there may be some signs to note. Keep an eye out for loose teeth and bleeding gums. In extreme cases, your dog may lose their appetite and play with their mouth often. If, after your investigation, you’re concerned, book an appointment with your vet.
But, the journey isn’t over if you don’t see anything that concerns you. As mentioned above, you should check for this problem often. This is also a case where prevention is much better than cure. The good news is, there are steps you can take. For one, you need to clean your dog’s teeth. You should do this at least once a day, in the same way you clean yours. If you’re unsure how to start, take a look at online guides, like this one from www.peteducation.com. If you’re still in doubt after reading through, you could always ask your vet for a tutorial.
You should also invest in some of the many health treats available, like those found at www.pawsiq.com. Healthy bones like these go a long way towards clearing plaque from your pooch’s gnashers.
And remember, this is an ongoing issue. You should keep up with this dental routine throughout your dog’s life. This problem is always waiting to strike. Don’t give it a chance!
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